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Up & Coming: Carrie Osowski

Carrie Osowski’s parents separated when she was 4 years old. When she was 15, a judge refused to let her speak at a motion hearing with her parents, neither of whom had professional representation.

“I thought, ‘This is my life you’re deciding, and you won’t let me speak,’” she said.

The experience convinced Osowski to pursue a career in family law. “I didn’t want other people to feel that way,” she said.

Now, as an attorney at Dittrich & Lawrence in Rochester, Osowski manages an ample family law caseload. Osowski represents private clients and also serves as a court-appointed attorney representing child-support obligors at risk of incarceration, notching “several hundred” child-support cases in less than three years.

Osowski’s caseload would be enough for most young attorneys, but it’s just part of her story. In 2017, she received a New Volunteer Attorney Award from Legal Assistance of Olmsted County and North Star Lawyer recognition from MSBA for extensive pro bono work representing indigent clients in family law cases.

She volunteers with the Wills for Heroes Foundation, helping first responders complete estate-planning documents at no charge. And, as an appointed member of the Olmsted County Human Rights Commission, Osowski works to eliminate discrimination and promote equal opportunity in her adopted home county.

Osowski earned her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2015.

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